At least 69 people in a Nigerian village have been killed by suspected members of Boko Haram, an Islamic militant group.
The attack Tuesday was on the village of Faduma Koloram, located in Nigeria’s northeastern Borno State.
Armed men arrived on motorcycles and in vehicles, shooting with assault rifles, razing the village, and stealing 1,200 cattle and camels, sources told Reuters.
No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.
The sources said they think it was Boko Haram because the group had suspicions about residents sharing information with security authorities regarding the Islamic group’s movements.
Residents told The Associated Press it could have been Boko Haram in retaliation for villagers killing two of its members in April.
Boko Haram is one of the largest Islamist militant groups in Africa, and it has launched terrorist attacks on religious and political groups, local police, the military, villages and civilians in Nigeria since 2011.
The ongoing conflict has led to the killing of more than 37,500 people and displaced 2.5 million people, according to the Council of Foreign Relations on its Global Conflict Tracker.
Additionally, Boko Haram killed at least 30 people in February, burning alive and shooting people sleeping in their cars and trucks outside the Nigerian town of Auno.